Director General High Speed Rail Group

Clive Maxwell


Clive Maxwell was appointed Director General, High Speed Rail Group in the Department for Transport (DfT) on 20 November 2017.

He has worked across government in a range of senior roles.

He led work on changes to energy policy from 2014 to 2017, overseeing a number of major projects and policy reforms as a Director General in the Department of Energy and Climate Change and then in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He held a number of senior roles at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) from 2009 to 2014, including Chief Executive from 2012 to 2014.

Prior to OFT, Clive worked for HM Treasury from 1992 to 2009, including responding to the financial crisis from 2007 to 2009 as Director, Financial Stability.

Director General High Speed Rail Group

As Director General, Clive is the senior responsible owner and sponsor for the High Speed 2 programme and is responsible at executive committee level for the department’s work on a number of other major rail projects. These projects include East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2. He is a member of the department’s executive committee and board.

Department for Transport

Previous roles in government

  • Director General, Energy Transformation, BEIS
  • Director General, Energy Efficiency and Heat, DECC
  • Chief Executive, OFT